Bently Reserve Est. 2005

301 Battery Street, Financial District, San Francisco, California

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While you won't be able to drive this beautiful Bently off the lot, bank those bucks and celebrate at this chic classic.
The epitome of San Francisco elegance coupled with advanced networking technologies makes this distinguished building a delight for a grand night, cool for a corporate collective as well as simply swell for a smaller soiree.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Historic Building
Views
Cityscape
Historical Monument
Skyline
Style
Classic
Elegant
Glamorous
Romantic
Urban
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Group Getaway
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

One of the most majestic venues on the West Coast, the Bently Reserve is an unforgettable location for your wedding day or fabulous event. 

Built during the Roaring 1920s, the Bently Reserve is a world-class events venue. This historic landmark dramatizes the spirit and style of San Francisco, and is versatile enough to make any couple’s wedding dreams a reality.

We have the ability to host both the wedding ceremony and reception, parties, fundraisers, wine tastings, galas, and product launches with an array of options. The Banking Hall features two picture-perfect light-flooded entryways, two green rooms, an outdoor balcony, and mezzanine level. The perfect places for a cocktail hour or a gathering point to set the evening’s ambiance. 

Some of San Francisco’s most exquisite caterers are featured on our preferred vendor list.

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue

Capacity

Seated
350
Buffet
350
Standing
805
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2005
Curfew
1 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Must Select A Caterer From The List Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors Only
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Accommodations
No onsite accommodations however the Bently has a great partnership with the adjacent Le Meridien Hotel. The Le Meridien Hotel is right next door, and accessible through a pedestrian bridge directly from the venue.

 
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Inside Scoop

From 1926 to 1983, the building was known as the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Building and served as a major branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve. In 1925, during the construction of an armored car entrance into the vault, the remains of a fully-rigged sailing schooner, the Apollo, were discovered. More than 40 artifacts were recovered from this beached ship, which also once served a store, saloon and hotel. A second ship, the Niantic, was also found beneath the foundation. The vault has now been carefully restored and the history of both ships is commemorated in two of the meeting rooms, aptly named the Apollo and the Niantic.

In 2009, the Energy Foundationʼs offices at the Bently Reserve were recognized with the first LEED Platinum® Commercial Interiors project in San Francisco. At the time they were one of only 13 offices worldwide to achieve this standard.

The lower floors of the Bently Reserve are rented for special events, business meetings, and conferences. These spaces represent one of San Franciscoʼs greenest special event venues, as well as some of the west coastʼs most acclaimed spaces. The building is also included in the National Register of Historic Places, and is and one of San Franciscoʼs significant cultural landmarks.

Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Guests entering from the Battery Street Lobby will experience the full splendor of the space as the hall opens up to 25-foot tall Doric columns that flank the room and emphasize its awe-inspiring height. Hand-painted travertine walls echo the genuine Italian marble floor tiles. Two dazzling chandeliers, personally designed by the architect himself and hung from an ornate plaster ceiling, have been meticulously reconditioned to their original splendor. Alongside these beaux-arts masterpieces modern recess lighting has been added to enhance their dramatic effect. The Banking Hall's large doors are solid bronze, accentuating the bronze and marble imperial staircase that gracefully rises from the floor. This grand staircase leads to an open mezzanine and outdoor balcony, providing an invigorating location for cocktail receptions or the staging of a dramatic bridal entrance.
Design:
The San Francisco Federal Reserve was designed by George W. Kelham, a prominent San Francisco architect who led the conservative wing of the San Francisco architectural establishment; the building opened its doors in 1924. The Bently Reserve features a prominent Beaux-Arts Ionic Colonnade paired with an Art-Deco style that serves as one of the early incantations of the fashionable Streamline Moderne style of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Inside, the Banking Hall was designed in a temple style, and features murals by Jules Guerin, the artist who created the palette for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition.
Standout Venue Features:
Rental of the Banking Hall comes with a variety of spaces to use for your wedding day including two picture-perfect light-flooded entryways, two green rooms, and an outdoor balcony and mezzanine level that provide the perfect places for a cocktail hour or a gathering point to set the evening's ambiance.
Extra Perks:
High speed wi-fi is always included in your venue rental. 
Awards & Notables The Banking Hall at the Bently Reserve was recently named Best Ballroom in North America by BizBash Magazine. 
Celebration Locations
Banking Hall:
The Banking Hall represents the pinnacle of West Coast style and technology. It can accommodate any event, from grand gatherings to exclusive evenings. The Banking Hall includes a mezzanine level and balcony, perfect places to socialize or gather for cocktails.
- Max Capacity: 805
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Conference Center Lounge:
The comfortable Conference Center Lounge is a wonderful setting to accommodate cocktail receptions, networking functions and dining during your event at the Bently Reserve.
- View: Inspired by old world elegance and surrounded with modern amenities, the Lounge offers a unique guest experience.
- Max Capacity: 120
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Adriatic Room:
The event friendly Adriatic Room is a perfect place for event cocktails or an intimate dining experience.
- View: Opened in Spring 2015, the room features exposed brick walls and enormous windows that provide ample natural lighting.
- Max Capacity: 90
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Gateway Room:
Renovated in Spring 2015, the Gateway Room is one of the largest meeting venues. Adjacent to the Banking Hall, it is the perfect gathering place before or after your event.
- Max Capacity: 90
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Farallon Room:
Named after San Francisco’s Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, the Farallon Room is located next to the Banking Hall, and is perfect as an addition to Banking Hall events.
- Max Capacity: 136
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Our preferred vendor list offers the city's finest caterers to suit your needs.
Bars & Lounges:
The second floor features an open mezzanine and outdoor balcony, providing an invigorating location for cocktail receptions. Alcohol must be provided by Best Beverage Catering. 
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The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27143
VENUE:
Bently Reserve
LOCATION:
San Francisco, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Wedding Showcase
Cream of the Crop
San Francisco
REPORTER: The Venue Report

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Photography: Max Wagner

 

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